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2017-02

KlezCalifornia promotes and celebrates Yiddish culture in the San Francisco Bay Area

                                
We are excited to tell you about KlezCalifornia's programs in 2017!   

* Cabarets by the Bay. We will continue our new format of multiple Cabarets at different locations, which will enable the broader Bay Area population to enjoy these great events. Dates and locations will be announced soon!





Left: MC Reb Irwin Keller, with The Gonifs, Cabaret by the Bay  Dec, 4, JCC East Bay. Photo by Lea Delson, delsonphoto.com

 
Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens
. We have prepared a wonderful curriculum that we present to classes at religious schools, day schools, and Jewish day camps, enriching young Jews' experience with their heritage. 
 
Klezmer Workshops & Jams
, now every month. The next one is Sunday, February 26, in Palo Alto! See details in special box below.

* Yiddish Salon for fluent speakers. Due to popular demand, Salons are now 3rd Sunday of every month in private homes in the East Bay and San Francisco.

* Refreshed "look." It's well into the 21st century, and we are working on our public "face." Watch for our NEW refreshed "look" in the newsletter, website, Facebook page, and more, coming in the Spring!

We welcome new volunteers! Contact judy[at]klezcalifornia.org.

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-- Submissions
 for the March newsletter by February 24   
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages
 (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources
-- Online sources
 of Yiddish-inspired culture
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others


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Shanghai Angel:  Creating a Show, Thursday, February 9

Thursday, February 9, 7:00-8:30pm, "Shanghai Angel: Creating a Show About My Immigrant Grandmother," with Heather Klein and Joshua Horowitz. Vocalist Heather Klein's new one-woman musical about her grandmother Rosa will premiere at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on February 23 (see below). In this Library presentation, Klein will sing selections from the show, accompanied by Joshua Horowitz, and discuss her research into her grandmother's story, as well as the creative process behind the songs and narrative.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge, more info: 415.655.7800Creating Shanghai at JCL
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO 
The Milkhik State, Thursday, February 16
 
Thursday, February 16, 7:00pm, "The Milkhik State: The Surprising Jewish History of Wisconsin," presented by Andy Muchin. In this illustrated presentation, Andy Muchin will detail Wisconsin Jewry's remarkable individual, family, and community histories. A bisl (a little) Yiddish culture included, too.

Jews have lived in Wisconsin almost continuously since 1793, when Jacob Frank established a fur-trading outpost in Green Bay. Wisconsin's Jewish population peaked at more than 39,000 preceding World War II before dropping to approximately 26,000 today. Still, Wisconsin Jewry has contributed much to the world: an Israeli prime minister, the world's greatest escape artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, elected officials (including two U.S. senators), an All-Star baseball outfielder, artists, activists, farmers, rabbis, and an honorary Winnebago tribal chief. Wisconsin also is a national center for Jewish summer camps and home to two university Jewish studies departments.  
 
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Milkhik State event
.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

[Image: Hyman and Ben Pittelman on their family farm in Arpin, Wisconsin (1909). Courtesy of American Jewish Historical Quarterly, September 1964.] 
Yiddish Salon, Sunday, February 19

Sunday, February 19, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. Come prepared to discuss your worst job, favorite toy, and recurrent dream. The Salon is now meeting monthly, generally the third Sunday.

No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.  
At a private home, EL CERRITO 

Shanghai Angel, Thursday Feb. 23 and Sunday Feb. 26

ThursdayFebruary 236:30-8:00pm 
Sunday, February 263:00-4:30pm 
"Shanghai Angel" (premiere), with Heather Klein and Joshua Horowitz. 

With $2.50 in her pocket, Rosa Ginsberg left her family behind in Shanghai in 1940 for an uncertain future in the United States. The 18-year-old, who had fled war-torn Vienna for China, landed at Angel Island, site of a U.S. immigration station that processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from 1910 to 1940. Ginsberg was detained there for three weeks and released on the basis of a mostly true story. Ginsberg's granddaughter, vocalist Heather Klein, has created a one-woman musical based on her grandmother's journey.  

 
Musical arrangements, percussion, and piano accompaniment by Joshua Horowitz. Choreography and direction by Bruce Bierman. Short presentation about Angel Island after each performance.   

KlezCalifornia is a community promotional partner.
 Tickets: $10 members / $20 general (includes
Museum admission). More info: 415.655.7800Shanghai show Feb 23
Shanghai show Feb 26
.  
At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO
Klezmer Workshops & Jams: February, March, April

Last year, participants enjoyed and learned a lot at our pilot klezmer workshops and jams. Thanks to this interest (and the support of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts), in 2017 we will hold monthly klezmer workshops and jams! Contact jams[at]klezcalifornia.org to be added to the special mailing list. Listeners welcome, too! Registration: $25 sliding scale, for participants. Refreshments included. 

We have modified the format in response to participant surveys. Each event will include now consist of three sections, with breaks: 

* 60-minute workshop with teaching, including some by ear  
* 45-minute playing through songs with sheet music, with coaching on klezmer style 
* 45-minute traditional jam, without sheet music. 
 
Our next three scheduled events are:

Sunday, February 266:45-9:45pm, led by Dmitri Gaskin
At Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO

Sunday, March 192:00-5:00pm, led by Joshua Horowitz
At Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, April 302:00-5:00pm, led by Cookie Segelstein
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

Rsvp to jams[at]klezcalifornia.org. Please specify which event (date/location), your name, what instrument, and any questions. We will add you to the workshops/jams mailing list for special notices. 
In addition, we will make every effort to provide the music or (slowed down) audio files for jams on our website in advance of each event. We look forward to playing with you!
On the Web

On-line Yiddish classes
 from Workmen's Circle, with several levels and six teachers.

Animated Yiddish language learning from Yiddish Pop
.

New Sacramento Deli to be dubbed "Solomon's" to Honor Tower Records founder, Russ Solomon, 91 (from The Forward
).

Farshidns (This 'n That)

Three related proverbs:
* A pot stinks with all that was boiled and burnt in it (Mit dem vos der top iz ongebrent, dermit shtinkt er.).
* What one gets accustomed to in youth, that one sticks to in old age (Tsu vos men gevoynt zikh in der yugent, bay dem blaybt men af der elter.).   
* As one is accustomed in youth, so one does in old age (Vi men iz gevoynt in der yugnt azoy tut men af der elter).
Polish and German have similar proverbs (from "Yiddish and Polish Proverbs," by Magdalena Sitarz).
Community Events 

Thursdays, February 2 - April 612:00noon - 1:30pm, Beginning Yiddish From Scratch, taught by Ken Blady. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Tuition: $160 public, $145 Lehrhaus Judaica members. More info: 510.845.6420,  Blady at Kol Shofar
.
At Congregation Kol Shofar, TIBURON
 
Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm, Klezmer Tunes with The Good Shabbes Band. Part of "Two Big 
Mouths, an Evening with Linda Hirschhorn and Naomi Newman, and Reb Irwin Keller." Tickets:  $15 students / $20 general / $30 benefactor. More info: 707.664.8622, Good Shabbes Band
, or Two Big Mouths on Facebook
.
At Congregation Ner Shalom, COTATI

Monday, February 6, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
http://www.saulsdeli.com/music-calendar/
 

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Thursday, February 97:00-8:30pm, "Shanghai Angel: Creating a Show About My Immigrant Grandmother," with Heather Klein and Joshua Horowitz
. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. See details in special box above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, February 136:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Tuesday, February 14, 7:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Preceded by Student Open Mike. No 
No charge. More info: Klezmer at Kehillah
At Kehillah Jewish High School, PALO ALTO 
      
Thursday, February 16, 7:00pm, "The Milkhik State: The Surprising Jewish History of Wisconsin," presented by Andy Muchin. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. See details in special box above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
 
Sunday, February 192:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. See details in special box above.  
At a private home, EL CERRITO

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. No cover charge. Dinner reservations recommended. More info: 510.849.1100, click Ellis Island Band
Le Bateau Ivre
.
At Le Bateau Irve, BERKELEY

Thursday, February 236:30-8:00pm, and Sunday, February 263:00-4:30pm, "Shanghai Angel"(premiere), with Heather Klein and Joshua Horowitz. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. See details in special box above.
At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO
 
Saturday, February 25, 9:00am-6:00pm, "From the Bund to the Bern: Yiddish Socialism for the 21st Century." This year marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of both the Jewish Bund and the Zionist movement, and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. Speakers include Tony Michels, Barbara Epstein, Marvin Zuckerman, and Hershl Hartman. Workshops and performance by Mama Loshn. Presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California. Tickets: $10 advance / $12 door. More info: Bund to the Bern
. Box lunch reservations: lonepine44[at]gmail.com.
At Berkeley City College, BERKELEY

Sunday, February 266:45-9:45pm, Klezmer Workshop & Jam, led by Dmitri Gaskin. See details in special box above.
At Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO 

Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm, "A Celebration of Yiddish Music, Theater & Culture." Tickets: adults $10 / seniors, students $5. More info: 916.541.3720Yiddish Celebration
.  
At KOH Library and Cultural Center, SACRAMENTO
Coming in March

Saturday, March 4, 3:30pm, The Frisco Kid (film; 119 mins.). Part of East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. No charge. More info: 925.240.3053eastbayjewishfilm.org
.
At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Sunday, March 5, 2:15pm, Sturgeon Queen (film; 52 mins.).Tickets: $12 advance / $13 door. More info: 925.240.3053eastbayjewishfilm.org
.
At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Sunday, March 12, 11:00am, Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown (film; 60mins., English/French with subtitles). Part of East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $9 advance / $10 door. More info: 925.240.3053eastbayjewishfilm.org
.
At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Sunday, March 122:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party. For donors, Board members, Advisory Council members, special volunteers. More info: 415.789.7679info[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home, TBD

Sunday, March 127:00-9:00pm, Learn Ladino and Yiddish Songs with Mark Levy. Also March 26April 2,and 16. More info: 888.505.8953mitzvahmus[at]aol.com.
At location TBD, EAST BAY

Monday, March 137:30-9:00pm, The Making of Yiddishland (in English), with Efrat Gal-Ed. Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. No charge. More info: 650.724.6874lecture in English
.
At Stanford University, STANFORD
 
Tuesday, March 14, 12:00noon-1:30pm Itzik Manger un Rokhl Oyerbakh: A Mayse fun libe, has un poezye (in Yiddish), with Efrat Gal-Ed. Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. No charge. More info: 650.724.6874lecture in Yiddish
.
At Stanford University, STANFORD
 
Sunday, March 19, Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Part of five-session seminar exploring works by American, European and Israeli Jewish writers that illuminate the human condition. More info: 650.493.4661I.B. Singer literature class
.
At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS
 
Sunday, March 192:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. 
No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.  
At a private home, SAN FRANCISCO
 
Saturday, March 25, 8:00pm, Veretski PassPart of Cozy Concert Supper Club. Tickets: $26 concert & desserts. More info: 510.684.5580Cozy Veretski Pass concert
.  
At St. Alban's Episcopal Church, ALBANY
 
SupportKlezCaliforniaSupport KlezCalifornia
 
With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a Contributing Member and you may post a message of up to 100 words on our web Honor Wall
 for one year. This is a fine way to honor a loved one or teacher or to write about your own Yiddish heritage.

Chai imageDonors of $54 (3 chai) or more may choose one of three "thank you" gifts: * "Live & Be Well, A Celebration of Yiddish Culture in America,"
 by Richard F. Shepard and Vicki Gold Levi (192 pp.) * "The Oy Way," a 115-page book by Harvey Gotliffe, which helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. See theoyway.com
. * DVD of the wonderful 80-minute "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" (newlovefilms.com
). 

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Plus, you'll be invited to two special KlezCalifornia parties each year (next March 12). Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE
 or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!